SAVANNAH, Ga. – For some, it means a stereotype and for millions of others it’s their pride and joy.
September 15-October 15 is honored as Hispanic Heritage Month.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 17% of American identify as Hispanic. In Chatham County, 6.2% of people identify as Hispanic.
A Hispanic is someone who speaks Spanish whose family is from a Spanish speaking country, whereas a Latino is someone who is from, or whose family is from Latin America.
On Thursday, more than a hundred students and faculty at Savannah State University gathered to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with “Fiesta Day” hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and H.O.L.A. (Hispanic Outreach and Leadership at Armstrong).
“It is really a day for us to come together the diversity within the Hispanic culture. We have games, we have some dancing going on, we have a pinata to break and then really a different taste of the countries in Latin America,” A.S.U. Assistant Director for Cultural Affairs Lucero Aradillas said.
According to Aradillas, more than 7% of students at Armstrong identify as Hispanic or Latino.
The event was filled with people who were and were not of Hispanic descent but Aradillas says that’s the point to Hispanic Heritage Month.
“I think many times our society in general takes what it means to be a Hispanic person and automatically places a stereotype on it. So event like this are so important because it shows just how beautiful our culture is,” she said.
For a schedule of Armstrong’s list of 30+ events for 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month, click here.